2020 COE Fellows

The Committee on Education is pleased to offer a fellowship program providing additional funding and support to PhD Students and Postdoctoral Fellows in the social sciences who have a deep interest in educational issues. Information on the structure of this program and how to apply can be found here. 

 

    Alex Koenig

    COE Fellow

    Background:

    Alex Koenig is a PhD student in the Department of Comparative Human Development. He graduated from Harvard College in 2014 with a degree in Social Studies and a focus on American Public Education. After graduating, Alex served an Americorps fellowship in Boston Public Schools, worked for an education technology startup, and was the Director of Data and Research for Brooke Charter Schools. Most recently, he taught 5th grade in Tulsa, Oklahoma through Teach for America.

    Research:

    Alex’s research interests center around social inequality, school segregation, and intergroup dynamics. He is interested in applying mixed methods to investigate how schools and communities integrate newcomers and whether or not lessons and best practices in this work can be applied across different contexts.

    Esperanza Johnson

    COE Fellow

    Background:

    Esperanza is a graduate student in the Department of Economics. She received her B.A. and M.A. in Economics from PUC-Chile, where she also worked as a researcher and instructor. Before starting her PhD, she received an MPP from The Harris School of Public Policy and worked as a research associate at the Spencer Foundation.

    Research:

    Esperanza’s research interests include the economics of education, industrial organization and applied microeconomics. She studies how regulation affects the organization of education markets and its consequences of the performance of students and their labor market outcomes. She is currently working on a project that analyzes a targeted subsidy for low-income students who enroll in higher education, and how institutions react to the implementation of this policy. She is also working with COE faculty member Michael Dinerstein on a project that investigates the growth of the charter school sector in NYC and its impact on the performance of students.

    Uma Blanchard

    COE Fellow

    Background:

    Uma is a doctoral student in the Department of Comparative Human Development. She graduated in 2017 with a B.A. in Anthropology from Bowdoin College. Uma has worked with young people in a variety of settings, ranging from outdoor experiential education to school-based academic and executive skill coaching.

    Research:

    Uma's research interests center on narratives of teenage distress. She is interested in how educational and youth development practitioners make sense of and categorize experiences, whether as mental health or otherwise, and how race and gender shape narratives surrounding distress.

    Emileigh Harrison

    COE Fellow

    Emileigh Harrison is a PhD student at the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy. Emileigh seeks to understand how to increase access to education, in particular for women, first-generation college students, and other historically disadvantaged groups. Her work focuses on examining ways to reduce inequality and eliminate barriers to education. Currently, she is studying the effect of statewide transfer policies on the academic outcomes of community college students, as well as changes in gender and racial representation in children’s books and education materials over time. Emileigh is also a Center for Data and Computing (CDAC) Doctoral Fellow.

    Monica Moore

    COE Fellow

    Background:

    Monica is a PhD student in the Crown Family School of Social Work, Policy, and Practice. She received her BS in International and Global Studies from Rochester Institute of Technology and her AM from the Crown Family School. Prior to pursuing her master’s degree, Monica worked as an after-school program instructor in Chicago.

    Research:

    Monica is interested in the experiences of Black adolescents and young adults in community-based education spaces. She is interested in understanding how these spaces function as locations of support, as well as the role they play in both interrupting and perpetuating systemic inequality. Monica is currently a part of the Beyond Schools Lab led by Dr. Eve L. Ewing.

    Ari Anisfeld

    COE Fellow

    Background:

    Ari is a Ph.D. candidate at the Harris School of Public Policy where he previously earned a master's degree in Computer Science and Public Policy (CAPP). Prior to graduate school, he taught middle school math in Thoreau, New Mexico. He holds a master's in education from the University of New Mexico and has a B.A. in history from Grinnell College.

    Research:

    Ari is interested in structural inequality as it relates to education and other social policy. He is currently researching the causes and effects of the decline in corporal punishment in schools in the United States since 1970 (as well as it's persistence). He is also interested in fairness and machine learning and has worked on a tool that help practitioners test their algorithms for different types of bias.

    Andrew Frangos

    COE Fellow

    Background:

    Andrew is a doctoral student in the Crown Family School of Social Work, Policy, and Practice. Previously, Andrew worked in the Los Angeles Unified School District as a high school math and engineering teacher, an intervention coordinator, and an instructional coach supporting the implementation of equitable grading practices. Andrew also supported student and union organizing to address social justice issues. Andrew holds a B.S. in Systems Science and Engineering from Washington University in St. Louis and received a M.A. in Education from Claremont Graduate University with the support of Math for America Los Angeles.

    Research:

    Andrew is interested in studying issues of identity related to race, immigration, and community in the contexts of youth and union organizing, school choice and tracking, school governance structures, and data-driven management practices.

    Maria Adelaida Martinez

    COE Fellow

    Background:

    Maria Adelaida Martinez is a Ph.D. student at the Harris School of Public Policy at The University of Chicago. She received her B.A. and M.A. in Economics from Universidad de los Andes-Colombia, where she also worked as a researcher. Before starting her Ph.D., she worked as a Research Fellow at the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB), focusing on the social sector. Whilst at the IADB, she collaborated on projects related to education and early child development in Latin America.

    Research:

    Her research focuses on development economics and education. Currently, she is studying how shocks to immigration flows in and out of educational systems in Latin America affect children’s learning outcomes. Specifically, she leverages mass inflows of Venezuelan citizens to the Peruvian public schools’ systems over the last few years.

    Cintia Hinojosa

    COE Fellow

    Background:

    Cintia is a doctoral student in Behavioral Science program working with Dr. Christopher J. Bryan at The University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

    Research:

    Cintia's research focuses on leveraging desires for social justice and autonomy to motivate healthy eating habits, civic engagement, and overall critical reflection on what influences our everyday choices. She has a background in using psychological design methods to implement and evaluate intervention programs that consider how belief systems and contextual factors influence behavioral trajectories. She is currently studying how to use participatory action research methods to better incorporate the needs, wants, and lived experiences of groups at the center of current social problems into intervention designs.

    Madeleine Oswald

    COE Fellow
    Background:
    Madeleine is a doctoral student in the Developmental Psychology program working with Dr. Susan Levine and Dr. Susan Goldin-Meadow. She completed her B.A. at Wesleyan University in 2014 with a double major in Psychology and Theatre. Previously, Madeleine worked for Dr. Anna Shusterman's Cognitive Development Lab at Wesleyan University and Dr. Jill Lany's Infant Studies Lab at the University of Notre Dame.
    Research:
    Madeleine is interested in the development of early math skills, particularly how linguistic and environmental factors support number word acquisition. Currently, she is using both experimental and observational data to explore the impact of gestures on number learning.

    Mia Velazquez

    COE Fellow

    Background:

    Mia is a doctoral student in the Cognition program working with Dr. Susan Levine. She graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2016 with a B.S. in Psychology and minor in Chemistry. While at UIUC, Mia worked as a research assistant in the Brain and Cognitive Development Lab of Dr. Daniel Hyde. After graduation, she spent two years as research assistant and lab manager for Drs. Nora Newcombe and Tim Shipley in the Research in Spatial Cognition Lab at Temple University.

    Research:

    Mia is broadly interested in the underlying cognitive mechanisms of mathematical learning, and, more specifically, the relationship between spatial and numerical cognitive development. She is also interested in the effects of sociocultural factors on cognition, and supporting underrepresented students in STEM.

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